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How to make a Will

A Will is a legally-binding document that makes sure your possessions and savings are given to people of your choosing, rather than the courts deciding who gets what.

It provides you with the peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of and your wishes relating to your funeral are granted.

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Are there many ways to set up a Will?

While it is important to have one in place, you shouldn’t be daunted by creating one, as these days you have several options to choose from. It’s up to you which method best suits your needs.

Here is a quick and easy guide about how you can make a Will.

Create your own

You can create a Will without any assistance from a professional. There are templates and kits in shops and online, meaning this is the cheapest option when it comes to writing a Will.

If you opt for this, make sure you:

  • Get the document signed, dated and witnessed properly
  • Be specific when it comes to naming who you want to benefit from the Will and what you’d like them to receive and check your spelling
  • Destroy any old Wills you may already have
  • Tell your executor where you will keep it

  • Cheaper than the alternatives
  • Not time consuming
  • Best option if your wishes and financial situation are both uncomplicated
  • Simple errors can make the document invalid. For example, failing to get it witnessed properly or making spelling mistakes can mean the Will is null and void
  • Mistakes could cost your family money to fix them once you’re gone
  • Big errors could mean the court distributes your assets to whom it sees fit
  • There is no expert advice included in the kits
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Solicitor

You can enlist the help of a solicitor when it comes to writing your Will, meaning you can speak to a professional who is properly qualified and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • They can provide legal advice when circumstances are complicated. For example, if you have property outside the UK or have remarried and now have step children, they can make sure your Will reflects this
  • You can rest assured they have a holistic understanding of how the law works and how it could affect your Will
  • You're protected if something goes wrong, as the solicitor is regulated
  • You can be confident that there will be no mistakes
  • Solicitors usually store your Will for you if it's set up through them
  • The complicated bits are all done for you
  • The only real downside to using a solicitor is the cost, as this is likely to be one of the more expensive options when it comes to arranging a Will

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Will Writing Service

Will Writers are an alternative to using solicitors. Make sure you choose one that is regulated by either the Institute of Professional Will Writers or the Society of Will Writers, as they will be regulated by a recognised trading body.

  • Typically cheaper than using a solicitor
  • You can choose from online services or speak to someone face-to-face - depending on what you’d prefer
  • There’s a wide and competitive market out there, meaning you could find a great deal
  • You don't have to do all the hard work on your own
  • Anyone can become a Will Writer, they don’t usually have to have any particular qualifications or training
  • They might suggest becoming sole or joint executor, meaning they could be owed large sums of money from your estate
  • Regulation isn’t the same as it is for solicitors, which means you won’t be afforded the same levels of protection
  • They might not store your Will for you

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How much does it cost?

The cost of creating your Will depends entirely on how you set one up. You can pick up Will-writing kits in places like the Post Office and stationery shops for as little as £30 or you can opt to pay £500 or more for a specialist service.

Where will my Will be stored?

After your Will has been completed, you’ll need to find a place to store it until it’s needed or you have to amend it. If you choose to set it up through a solicitor, they will more than likely store it for free, while a professional Will Writer may charge an annual fee. You can even store it in a secure place at home or in a safety-deposit box at the bank - just make sure your executor knows where it is.

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